CBS has secured a long-term lease on a 260,000 square-foot space located in the city of Mississauga, 29 kilometres from downtown Toronto, with plans to establish CBS Stages Canada, a multi-use production facility that will include six soundstages, production offices, support facilities and auxiliary services for large-scale television and film production.
The new facility will provide additional production space for CBS Television Studios’ expanding roster of television programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Currently, the studio produces 63 series, including top-rated series for the CBS Television Network, critically acclaimed shows for The CW, marquee premium series for the CBS All Access streaming service and a growing roster of programming for networks and platforms outside of CBS.
“CBS has a strong production history in Canada,” said David Stapf, CBS Television Studios president. “The Toronto area, specifically, has provided our series with diverse and appealing locations as well as production infrastructure and crafts expertise that cannot be easily found. These new stages will provide valuable resources and additional capacity for our company’s growing production slate.”
Between construction, ongoing facility management, production and crafts, the new studio is expected to bring hundreds of new jobs to the region. Currently, CBS Television Studios is in the process of working with local and provincial officials on securing permits and drawing architectural plans for the facility, which is being fast-tracked for a mid-2019 opening. Toronto-based production executives John Weber and Frank Siracusa (Star Trek: Discovery executive producers) will oversee the development of the project and ongoing management of the production facility.
Currently, CBS Television Studios shoots Star Trek: Discovery and In The Dark at Toronto, in addition to several other productions in Canada, including the reboot of Charmed.
Photo: CBS Television announces plans for a large-scale television and film production facility in Mississauga.